Sō Percussion Benefit 2018!




$300 TICKET*





(Doors at 8:30PM, $20/ticket)


Sō tours sacred spaces around the UK with “From Out a Darker Sea”

“From Out a Darker Sea” conveys our experience of a multi-visit residency in the industrial north of England. Former mining towns are searching for a new identity and a way forward in the globalized present, while never forgetting the past.

We are touring the show in sacred spaces around the UK during November and December. Other than London, all of the locations were chosen because of their connection to industry.

Adam wrote about our process in The Big Issue.

See below for further dates.

The Guardian wrote a lovely review:

“…a haunting and often deeply moving requiem for an industry and its people.”


The project is sponsored by Forma, with funding from many partners. Learn more on Forma’s website.


  • 22 November 2017

    Derby Cathedral, Derby
    Presented by QUAD
    Support from Unite the Union
  • 24 and 25 November 2017

    St Giles Cripplegate, London
    Presented by the Barbican Centre
  • 27 November 2017

    St John the Baptist Church, Newcastle
    Book Tickets
  • 28 November 2017

    In conversation with Amber Films
    The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers, Newcastle
    Book Tickets
  • 30 November 2017

    Holy Trinity Church, Blackburn
    Presented by the Bureau Centre for Arts and Mid Pennine Arts
    Book Tickets
  • 2 December 2017

    St George’s Church, Deal, Kent
    Presented by Deal Festival of Music & the Arts
    Book Tickets
  • 5 December 2017

    All Souls Church, Cheriton, Kent
    Presented by Strange Cargo
    Book Tickets

Watch Sō Perform with The National on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”

On Thursday, September 7th, we joined The National on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” to perform “Day I Die” from their new Album “Sleep Well Beast.” What a thrill to perform on national television at the Ed Sullivan Theater!

We contributed some typical Sō Percussion color to the new album, which has just been released September 8th.


Announcing Sō’s Benefit and Online Auction 2017

Please Join us for our fourth annual benefit and online auction!

Thursday, June 8th – 7pm

Honoring Limor Tomer

Performances by Sō, Theo Bleckmann, and Wolfgang

After party at 10pm featuring Round Peg Square Hole

RSVP to so@sopercussion.com

Tickets to main benefit $300 each

Tickets to after party $25 each (already included for main benefit attendees)

Purchase below! (If ordering more than six tickets, fill in custom amount below and send us an email. Also, let us take you out to coffee sometime, because you are awesome!)

If you can’t make it, we’re also running an online auction leading up to the benefit!

Sō Percussion performs “Music for Wood and Strings” at TED 2016

TED Talk: Bryce Dessner, Music for Wood and Strings

Performance at the TED conference in Vancouver, BC, February 2016.

We were honored and delighted to present an excerpt from Bryce Dessner’s work for the audience at TED 2016. Keeping in line with the ethos of the TED organization and community, we brought this unique piece with its newly designed instruments to show some of what’s going on in contemporary music.

Performing in this amazing venue was exciting enough, but we were surprised to realize that some pretty heavy hitters were in the audience as well!


Sō Percussion presents “A Gun Show” on BAM Next Wave Festival

NOV 30—DEC 3, 2016

Sō Percussion with Emily Johnson
Directed by Ain Gordon

Sō Percussion (Where (we) Live, 2012 Next Wave) gives the Second Amendment a soundtrack in this affecting foray into America’s fraught relationship with guns. Taking mallets to disassembled sniper rifles and assorted drums, the musicians serve as Greek chorus, commenting instrumentally on sung and spoken texts drawn from the nightmares and nostalgia of armed experiences. Three-time Obie-winning director Ain Gordon and choreographer and performer Emily Johnson give depth to this probing work in which anger meets inalienable rights, dark memories resurface, and a contested weapon sings a bittersweet song.

Check out our amazing project with StoryCorps to collect stories about gun culture and gun violence.

Sō performs free concert at Princeton September 16th


Having just wowed audiences at the Lincoln Center Festival this summer, acclaimed ensemble SŌ Percussion will offer the first of two free performances in Princeton as part of their Edward T. Cone Residency at Princeton University. On Friday, September 16, 2016 at 7:30PM in Richardson Auditorium at Alexander Hall, the community has the incredible opportunity to engage in an unparalleled range of music—from John Cage’s Living Room Music transforming household items into instruments, to the world premiere of Emeritus Professor Paul Lansky’s Springs. Also on the program is Taxidermy, specially written for Princeton alum and Pulitzer-prize winning composer Caroline Shaw, as well as the ensemble’s first major commission: David Lang’s the so-called laws of nature. Tickets are required for this free concert. Reservations are available online at tickets.princeton.edu or at the door (Richardson Auditorium Box Office) the day of the concert.

The anticipation of a world premiere performance of a composer as esteemed and experienced in percussion writing as Paul Lansky already is much cause for excitement. Yet SŌ Percussion cannot help but add some humor into the mix of such an occasion. It seems fitting to a group always fusing whimsy with earnestness that “the ensemble’s first major commission, Mr. Lang’s the so-called laws of nature, balances humor and poise” (The New York Times), unearthing unexpected beauty from a row of “carefully tuned flower pots.” In juxtaposing the astounding wit, surprise and charm of finding music in everyday items with the masterful scores of some of the most celebrated composers in recent history, the evening will be particularly positioned to engage and welcome music lovers of all backgrounds.  Or, as SŌ Percussion’s Adam Sliwinski succinctly puts it, this program is simply “a lot of fun.”

SŌ Percussion’s second free concert as part of their residency will be a celebration of Steve Reich, including a pre-concert discussion with the composer, on March 14, 2017. Tickets for that event are not yet available.

Sō is incredibly grateful to Chamber Music America for their commissioning of Paul Lansky’s new piece.  This commission has been made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.


SŌ PERCUSSION, Princeton University Edward T. Cone Performers-in-Residence

WHEN:                  Friday, September 16, 2016 at 7:30PM

WHAT:                    PAUL LANSKY Springs (WORLD PREMIERE); CAROLINE 

SHAW Taxidermy; JOHN CAGE Living Room Music; DAVID LANG the so-called laws of nature

WHERE:                 Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton University

TICKETS:              Free admission.  Reservations are available online at tickets.princeton.edu or at the door (Richardson Auditorium Box Office) the day of the concert.

Announcing Sō Percussion’s Third Annual Benefit

Join us for Sō Percussion’s Third Annual Benefit,
honoring special guests Steve Reich and members of Nexus Percussion.

Tuesday, May 17th – 7pm

BRIC House Ballroom

Brooklyn, NY

Reserve tickets at https://sopercussion.com/benefit/
or RSVP to so@sopercussion.com

We’ll be playing music, auctioning off special Reich-related items, and celebrating the North American release of the Cambridge Companion to Percussion, edited by Russell Hartenberger.


Cantaloupe Music Releases Glenn Kotche’s “Drumkit Quartets” with Sō

Now Available on Cantaloupe Music:
Glenn Kotche’s Drumkit Quartets
with Sō Percussion 




“These quartets, which feature a battery of instruments outside the standard drum kit, tease out the different parameters that govern ensemble playing, like synchronicity, imitation, competition and symmetry. They also show off Mr. Kotche’s command of mood and texture…”

The New York Times: February 17, 2016 

We are delighted to announce the release of our 19th studio album, Glenn Kotche’sDrumkit Quartets! We recently had a blast performing these pieces together at Carnegie Hall. Below is a more complete description of the album, as well as a free preview of one of the tracks on Bandcamp. If you’d like to listen to more, Red Bull Music has an exclusive preview of the entire record.

The album is available on all of the outlets above, including the new merch store on ourwebsite. Enjoy, and let us know what you think!


From the multihued vision of his aptly titled Cantaloupe debut Adventureland to the drumming-without-a-net workout of John Luther Adams’ Ilimaq, Glenn Kotche is on a roll, so to speak, both as a performer and as a composer. While most music fans already know him as the powerhouse drummer behind the beloved rock band Wilco, he’s also an emerging creative force in the contemporary classical world, drawing the attention of Adams, Kronos Quartet, Missy Mazzoli, the Bang on a Can All-Stars and many more.

Sō Percussion certainly took note when the group — Eric Cha-Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski and Jason Treuting — approached Kotche several years ago about collaborating. “At the time, I was feeling a strong desire to get back to writing for percussion,” Kotche reveals in the CD’s liner notes, “because I think the timbral, textural, melodic and rhythmic possibilities haven’t been explored nearly enough. I try to do that through my solo performances, but I jumped at the chance to try it with such an incredible and forward-thinking group as Sō Percussion.”

The result runs the expressive gamut of percussive instrumentation, from the marimba-based “Drumkit Quartet #51” (with haiku recited by Cibo Matto’s Yuka Honda) to the hand-cranked sirens that open “Drumkit Quartet #50,” which channels the futurist manifesto of Luigi Russolo’s “art of noise,” spiced with a little John Cage and Luc Ferrari. A rich sonic tapestry of rhythmic exploration, audio collage and third-mind improv, Drumkit Quartets actually goes well beyond the drumkit — which is to be expected, given the feverishly inventive artists behind the recording.